International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
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Nominations for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer,Pioneer Swimmer and Administrator, the Certificate of Merit candidates (individual orgroup) and the Davids / Wheeler Award candidates are usually made by members ofthe International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, but anyone can nominate anindividual or group in any category.Nominations may be sent directly to the following individuals:
Christopher Guesdon, the Elections Chairman who handles the nominations andselection process,
through a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Boardof Directors, or
to the Honorary Secretary who will forward all nominations with backgroundmaterial to the Elections Chairman.Although a nomination form is requested, it is not necessary to use it as long as most ofthe information needed is sent to the Elections Chairman and there is a contact personfor obtaining additional information if necessary.The individual who submits the nomination must check the classifications and criteria forselection before sending the nomination. An individual may be nominated even thoughthey do not meet all the guidelines or criteria. In Open Water and Marathon Swimming,there are many variables that are considered by the Selection Committee. Even in thesame body of water, tides, currents and temperatures are different at different times fordifferent swimmers.The minimum 10-kilometer distance for defining a marathon swim remains an invariableconstant. Shorter-distance swims, particularly in cold water, are technically notconsidered or part of the selection process. However, shorter-distance swims haveinfluence on the consideration of a swimmers overall record. For example, Lynne Coxonce held the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel, but she is bestremembered for her Bering Strait swim between the Big and Small Diomedes Islandsand her swim in the Antarctica Ocean.Nominations may be made at any time, but those not received by September 15 of eachyear may not be considered until the next
ballot. Nominations received afterSeptember 15
will be held and placed on the following year’s ballot.
Because time is often a factor, especially if additional or supplemental information isneeded, the preferred method of communication is via e-mail.